It’s a tiny bit embarrassing to admit, but even though I have lived in San Diego my entire life, I have explored very little of my own city. To be fair, I relied on my parents to transport me anywhere for most of that time. 😛 So when I discovered a scenic drive all conveniently mapped out for us, I jumped at the chance to play the tourist and see more of our lovely San Diego. Content: Map of the scenic drive Cost: FREE! [unless you want souvenirs, food, and such]
After a busy month, our April date was a chance for us to relax and unwind. For this month’s date, we had brunch and then visited a cat cafe! Even though Tiffany is allergic to cats, she took Benadryl and planned this outing for us anyways because I like them. I’m truly blessed to have such a loving wife. Content: Money for coffee and another sweet card from Tiffany. Cost: $40
Our March date was another stay-home date. Tiffany had the awesome idea of us working on a jigsaw puzzle together. Neither of us have that much experience with puzzles, so we thought it’d be a fun date to spend a lazy Saturday doing one together.
One of our first dates together was cooking a meal at home. Neither of us had much cooking experience at the time, so we decided on a nice, simple pasta recipe. As fragrant smells of basil and tomato sauce filled the kitchen, Michael decided that the recipe didn’t include enough sausage. He heroically took it upon himself to give the rest of the unused sausage some meaning in life by throwing it all into the pasta, nearly doubling the amount the recipe called for. As you may expect, sausage completely overpowered the dish, and I henceforth developed a mild fear of deviating from given instructions, thereby quashing any would-be creativity I may have later discovered in the realm of food-making.
Our year of dates idea was such a hit with us that we decided to continue with the tradition into this year as well. I successfully deceived Michael into thinking that I was too lazy to plan a whole year’s worth of dates again, so when he opened that special box for Christmas and saw the twelve little packages, he was thoroughly surprised and touched. Honestly, I have so much fun thinking of ideas that we may just have to keep this going every year. It’s such a great way to try new activities, explore new places, spend quality time together, and keep that spark alive and healthy–all at once!
Knowing that I love legos, Tiffany got us tickets to Legoland California for our October date! I’ve liked playing with Lego since I have a kid, but I’ve never been to Legoland, even though we’ve lived in San Diego for so long. I still remember placing medieval knights on their castle and firing the canon on my lego pirate ship.
After Tiffany’s cousins left, we were finally able to catch our breath and recover from the busy-ness. We took advantage of the free time and got back on track with our monthly dates in September. For September’s date, Tiffany planned a visit to Julian for some apple-picking and apple pies.
Yes, we missed another date last month. We missed our July date to hangout with Tiffany’s aunt and cousins who were in town from Taiwan. In an attempt to catch up on our dates, we decided to combine our May date with our August date. The May date was supposed to be a trip to the USS Midway Museum followed by lunch at Tacos El Gordo. Since the August date is our traditional anniversary dinner at Sushi Ota, we decided to go the the USS Midway Museum before dinner.
We missed our May date, due to crazy busy-ness that month, but in June, we headed out of our home base of San Diego to the far-off world of Los Angeles. Indeed, Huntington Library is one of those magical places, where once you enter, it sweeps you into a land of history and culture. It features a wide variety of different art galleries and gardens, quite sufficient to satisfy the secret culture snob in all of us. I completely underestimated the size of the place [for your reference, the gardens span about 120 acres], and made the huge and tragic mistake of wearing high-heels. We shall definitely have to make a return trip someday, since my feet refused to carry me through the entire garden [or even halfway]. The parts we did get to see were stunningly beautiful, and it was a lovely time to rejuvenate and spend some quality time together.
On a super hot day, Michael and I ventured out of the house again to visit the famous Hillcrest Farmer’s Market. Actually, I’d never seen much appeal in farmers’ markets and so never felt the need to see one. I mean, isn’t it just an open-air market, not very sanitary, crowded, and OUTSIDE?? How then, did I decide that we should go on a date to a farmer’s market? Well because, ever since our honeymoon to Hawaii, I’ve been hunting for delicious, gorge-worthy poke, so of course when I heard about the San Diego Poke Company found only at farmer’s markets, I resolved to visit just once at least for poke. Well, today, I take back every negative thought I’ve had about these markets. Yes, it is “just a market,” but something in the atmosphere excites the soul. In some ways, it reminds me of Taiwan’s night markets. There aren’t just veggies [which I heartily abhor]. You’ll find everything from local craftsmen displaying their works, to artwork, to jewelry, to my favorite find: adorable pottery from Japan.